The Phonics Museum reading app and reading curriculum for 3 to 7 year olds (preschoolers and kindergartners) is the MOST comprehensive and fun app I’ve ever seen. (And, I’ve played and reviewed tons of these apps.) It’s a comprehensive, multi-sensory, classical education approach to reading instruction and practice for iOS platforms (iPhone and iPad) from Veritas Press. It’s an interactive story inside an amazing museum of fine art.
Because the Phonics Museum app combines fine art and history with learning to read, kids are learning and absorbing culture as well as literacy skills. How cool is that?
I’m not just impressed with the quality of content but the functionality as well. The graphics are excellent and the pacing and the directions are clear and age-appropriate.
The Most Comprehensive Reading App: Phonics Museum
The storyline is that two kids, William and Wendy, visit a museum. There, they meet Percival, a young knight from one of the exhibits, who shows them around the museum. They also meet Miss Biddle, the museum curator, who is both animated and live-action. She’s the teacher for the instructional part of the videos. She’s quirky, funny, and a entertaining part of the overall experience.
As kids progress, they’ll be taught a phonics-based program with both uppercase and lowercase letters, consonant-vowel and vowel-consonant syllables, plus beginning blending for reading words.
There are 10 floors of activities with many, many activities on each floor. Readers must start at the beginning and progress through the app step by step. There is no skipping ahead. I understand the reason for this, so you know kids get the scope and sequence but I would have liked to see an assessment of student skills so that kids who knew more could start at a different place.
For each floor, you will “go into” an object of art. Once inside, Miss Biddle gets you started with teaching, songs, games, and more.
There’s a lot of components that join together in this reading app to make a rich learning environment of instruction, repetition, and practice. Here’s what you can expect.
1. TEACHING: You’ll watch videos of live action teaching from Miss Biddle.
2. GAMES: Educational games help reinforce what kids have learned in a fun way with repetition and interactivity.
3. SONGS: Kids will sing along with many jaunty tunes to help them learn and remember the concepts.
4. WRITING: Use a finger to trace the upper and lower case letters right on the screen to practice fine motor skills and letter recognition.
5. EARLY READER BOOKS: By the end of the app, kids will be able to read the app’s provided early reader books.
All of these activities are set up on easels which, once completed, change from a lock to a star. (See above screen shot.)
Return to the lobby, for a free play room which repeats game played already in the app and a trophy room to check your progress.
The Phonics Museum reading app is free for two weeks then $9.99 a month. I think it’s worth the price for all that you get. You’ll see when you try it out for yourself.
Disclosure: Phonics Museum sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.